Jokebook
GenreAnimation
Comedy
Directed byWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
ComposerHoyt Curtin
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes7 (4 unaired)
Production
ProducersWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Harry Love (co-producer)
Running time22 minutes
Production companyHanna-Barbera Productions
Original release
NetworkNBC
ReleaseApril 23 (1982-04-23) –
May 7, 1982 (1982-05-07)

Jokebook is an American adult animated comedy series produced by Hanna-Barbera. It aired on NBC for three episodes from April 23 to May 7, 1982.[1]

Format

The series' theme song was sung by Scatman Crothers.

Jokebook was an anthology of segments produced by Hanna-Barbera, along with classic, foreign, and independent animation which had originated elsewhere. Unusually for a Hanna-Barbera production, it was aimed at an adult audience (the first Hanna-Barbera production to be so after The Flintstones and Top Cat started being shown on Saturday mornings). It was the only Hanna-Barbera production not to have recurring characters.[2] The show was aired with a laugh track and was the last Hanna-Barbera series to do so.

Seven episodes were made, but only three were aired due to lack of audience interest. The show's second episode finished dead last in the week's ratings.[3]

References

  1. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 451–452. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  2. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 321–322. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  3. ^ "The Failure That Got Even Worse". Yowp: Stuff About Early Hanna-Barbera Cartoons. May 18, 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2020.